Common Sense

Common sense

Common sense plays a pivotal role in promoting safety by encouraging workers to identify and address potential hazards proactively. Whether it’s securing tools, using safety equipment, or practicing proper lifting techniques, a common-sense approach to safety is indispensable.

Construction projects are dynamic, and plans often need adjustment due to unforeseen circumstances. Common sense allows professionals to adapt to changing conditions, modify plans when necessary, and ensure that projects stay on track despite unexpected challenges.

Common sense fosters clear communication by encouraging workers to express ideas concisely, understand instructions, and collaborate seamlessly. This enhances teamwork and minimizes the risk of errors due to miscommunication.

From materials to manpower, common sense guides professionals in optimizing resources. It involves judicious use of materials, minimizing waste, and ensuring that equipment is used efficiently. This not only contributes to cost-effectiveness but also aligns with sustainable construction practices.

Common sense cultivates an acute awareness of details, preventing oversights that could lead to costly mistakes. It is important to check measurements, inspect materials, or to ensure proper alignment.

Construction projects often come with high-pressure situations that demand swift decision-making. Common sense empowers professionals to make informed decisions under pressure, considering the implications and potential outcomes. This is crucial for maintaining project momentum and minimizing disruptions.

Common sense is necessary for long-term project success. Its impact is felt from the planning stages to project completion and beyond. Professionals who apply it not only navigate challenges effectively but also contribute to the durability and sustainability of the structures they build.

Things you should be doing:

  • Always wear the proper personal protective equipment.
  • Don’t over exert yourself – get help with heavy tasks.
  • Don’t over extend yourself when on ladders – and risk losing your balance.
  • Always use the proper tool for the job.
  • Concentrate on your work.
  • Look for unsafe acts or unsafe working conditions – and then report them.
  • Watch out for others – remember you are part of a team.

Ask the following questions before you begin to work:

  • Are the conditions safe to do the work?
  • Are the methods we are going to use safe?
  • Does everyone know what to do?
  • Does everyone know how to do it?
  • Can I fall, get struck by, get caught between or under, or get electrocuted on this job?

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Published by OSHA Phoenix on December 20, 2023

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